Friday, April 3, 2009

Quote of the Day: Pride and Prejudice

I am obviously very far afield from my own little sandbox of antiquity; yet, alas, I teach Pride and Prejudice next week, and I am finding so many a bon mot to put Oscar Wilde to shame (ok...maybe not that many). Nonetheless, it is a very witty book. Here are some arresting lines of love that caught my passing eye (both spoken by Elizabeth Bennet):

I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love. (1.9)

Is not general incivility the very essence of love? (2.2)

What makes the latter funny to me is that its tone in context seems quite serious, whereas the first quote is in a series of witty banter.

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